Bike tour in Amsterdam, North Holland, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:Syuqor Aizzat

Summer in Maastricht, Limburg, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:Jorge Franganillo

Amsterdam to Maastricht

Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

Biking and boating the Dutch Rivers

  • “Thinking of Holland I see broad rivers languidly winding through endless fen, lines of incredibly tenuous poplars like giant plumes on the polder's rim”.

    These lines of a famous poem by the Dutch poet Marsman characterise this wonderful bike and boat tour between Amsterdam and Maastricht (or reverse), the southernmost city in the Netherlands. The itinerary leads from the west, through the heart, and into the south of the Netherlands, sailing and cycling Dutch river landscapes, through medieval villages! You will experience the meandering river Maas (Meuse), a visit to perhaps the most beautiful gardens in Western Europe “Castle Gardens of Arcen” and visit Maastricht, the oldest and perhaps most charming city of Holland. A multi cultural city, Maastricht sits on both banks of the river. With its picturesque squares, romantic streets, and historical buildings, it is within walking distance of Belgium and cycling distance from Germany!

    Be sure to look at out all of our Bike and Barge tours in Holland.

  • SarahSept. 22May 12 - September 15
    Twin cabin below deck £ 932 $ 1,487 979 NOK 9790 kr 9037 $ 1,175 £ 980 $ 1,563 1029 NOK 10290 kr 9498 $ 1,235
    Single cabin below deckOn requestOn request
    Triple cabin below deckOn requestOn request

    There are 2 triple cabins and only one single cabin on request available per departure date.

    Elodie 
    Twin/double cabin £ 1038 $ 1,656 1090 NOK 10900 kr 10062 $ 1,308
    Single supplementOn request

     

    extra options

    Sarah:
    Electric bike: £ 90 $ 144 95 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114 Elodie:
    Electric bike: on request

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

    Local Travel

    Schiphol station is situated directly below the airport. From here, it is a short train ride to Amsterdam Central. Walk or short taxi ride to mooring location.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before arrival. Average high/low temperatures in °F for the region are: May, 65°/45º, June, 66°/52°, and September, 65°/52°


Skill Level

This is an easy guided bike and boat tour with daily distances of 28 miles. There is a continuous network of cycle paths, clearly signposted, well maintained and well lit, with road/cycle path junctions that often give priority to cyclists. Cycling in Holland is convenient, pleasant, and safe.

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the Sarah, a comfort vessel or the Elodie, a comfort plus vessel.

What’s Included

  • Sarah
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • All meals, 7 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunch, 6 x three course dinner
  • Coffee and tea
  • Daily cabin cleaning service
  • Welcome drink
  • 11 speed hybrid bicycle with hand and pedal brakes, pannier bag, helmet and water bottle on the Sarah
  • Route information and maps, one set per cabin
  • Tour guide, provides daily briefings of tours, cycles the route each day, provides assistance for self guided cyclists
  • Entrance National Glass Museum in Leerdam
  • Beer tasting
  • Elodie
  • Coming soon

What’s Not Included

  • All beverages other than those mentioned
  • Excursions not mentioned in itinerary
  • Transfers
  • Gratuities at your discretion
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From979 Rates
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Tour Dates

Sarah:
Amsterdam to Maastricht:
May 12,  June 2, June 23, and September 15, 2018
Maastricht to Amsterdam: May 19, June 9, June 30, and September 22, 2018
Elodie:
Maastricht to Amsterdam: July 22, 2018

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Amsterdam to Maastricht Map

Amsterdam to Maastricht on board the Sarah:

Day 1: Amsterdam - Weesp, 9 mi. (15 km)
Day 2: Amsterdam - Utrecht - Vianen, 29 mi. (47 km)
Day 3: Vianen - Gorinchem, 26 mi. (41 km) | Gorinchem - Heusden 
Day 4: Heusden – Maasbommel | Maasbommel – Cuijck, 24 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Cuijck – Arcen, 29 mi. (48 km) 
Day 6: Arcen – Venlo – Roermond, 31 mi. (50 km) 
Day 7: Roermond – Born| Born – Maastricht, 25 mi. (42 km)
Day 8: Maastricht

Daily distances range from 19 to 28 miles (30 - 45 km).

*The above planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

Day 1: Amsterdam - Weesp
The barges will be moored at the Oosterdok. Boarding will be complete by 2 pm, after which the barge will set sail to Weesp at 2:30 pm. Once fortified and now with a protected historical center, several of the bastions, moats, and forts still survive. Many canals and buildings date from the 17th and 18th century. Weesp has three full size historical windmills. With its quiet charm, small bridges, and picturesque canals, Weesp is the perfect first stop after Amsterdam.

Day 2: Amsterdam - Utrecht - Vianen, 29 mi. (47 km)
Your bike tour starts in Weesp and you will cycle along the beautiful meandering river Vecht with impressive mansions on its banks. Along the way you will visit a real Dutch cheese farm, where cheese is still produced according to traditional methods. You will meet the barge in the city of Utrecht and from there you will sail the Amsterdam-Rhine canal to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek.

Day 3: Vianen - Gorinchem, 26 mi. (41 km) | Gorinchem - Heusden 
Through a typical Dutch landscape, along the Merwedekanaal, the route leads to to Leerdam a little town on the banks of the river Linge. Leerdam is famous for its glasswork and there will be opportunity to visit a glass blower. Later you continue biking on the beautiful roads along the Linge to Gorinchem, a charming town on the river Waal. After a visit, you will join the barge to Heusden.

Day 4: Heusden – Maasbommel | Maasbommel – Cuijck, 24 mi. (40 km) 
During breakfast the ship sails from Heusden to Maasbommel, a village on the Maas river. Here your bike tour will start, leading you along the Maas river to cities such as Ravenstein and Grave. Both are medieval cities. In Ravenstein you can visit the Tanner’s Cottages and in Grave you will see canons from the time of Napoleon. Grave has also played an important role in Operation Market Garden during the second world war, because it was situated near an important bridge. This bridge is now called John S. Thompson Bridge. Following the Maas river you will meet the barge in Cuijk where you will spend the night. The St. Martins Church, a neo-gothic church houses very well kept baroc-organ (built 1639-1650). This organ is one of the oldest in the Netherlands.

Day 5: Cuijck – Arcen, 29 mi. (48 km) 
Today a magnificent bike tour is scheduled. You cycle along the Maas valley to Afferden and Heyen. The route continues through National Park Maasduinen to Well where you will find the Well castle with its heavy round brick tower dating from the 14th century.  The destination for today is Arcen. Here you may visit the famous castle gardens with great variety; the Rosarium, with ten different rose gardens; the water- and sculpture garden; the Lommerijk, with shades, waterfalls and streamlets; the Valley, offering six 'international' gardens ; Casa Verde, offering Mediterranean and tropical gardens; the Golf garden,with a view at the largest waterfall in the Netherlands.

Day 6: Arcen – Venlo – Roermond, 31 mi. (50 km) 
Again your bike route follows the Maas river. Here and there you cross by ferry or bridge in order to follow the most interesting paths. The first stop is Venlo, with many historical monuments and a lively inner city. At lunchtime you arrive in Kessel, one of the oldest villages along the Meuse. There you cross over to the other bank and continue the bike ride to the beautiful village of Beesel, where the grain mill 'grey bear' stands proudly along the river. Today's tour ends in the city of Roermond, where of the river Roer and Maas come together. Roermond is known by its rich cultural heritage. Since 1559 it has been a bishop city. In the center you will find many historical buildings. Roermond is also the city of Pierre Cuypers, according to many the most important Dutch architect of the 19th century. He is the architect of the Rijksmuseum and Central Station in Amsterdam.

Day 7: Roermond – Born| Born – Maastricht, 25 mi. (42 km) 
Today, the cycling tour continues through charming villages and the beautiful landscape of the province of Limburg. First stop is Thorn, the ‘white Village’ on the Dutch/Belgian border known for its cobblestone streets and white painted houses. The only colored building is the 14th-century church. From Thorn you cycle across the Dutch / Belgian border to the Belgian city Maaseik. This city is famous for the painters Hubert and Jan van Eyck. On the market square you will see typical Renaissance-style houses with their impressive facades. You can also take the opportunity to have a nice Belgian "pint" on this beautiful square. You will find the ship in Born, from where you sail to Maastricht. Maastricht, the capital of the province is a beautifully preserved city with Roman roots. In this town you find the treasure house of the St. Servaas Church, the Bonnefanten museum for art and antiquity, and the Kazematten, a system of underground fortress works from the 18th century. In addition to these places of interest, it is also worthwhile visiting the marl caves, or just to thoroughly enjoy yourself on the Vrijthof. You will not get bored!

Day 8: Departure
Disembarkation by 9:30 am.

Maastricht to Amsterdam on board the Sarah

Day 1: Maastricht
Day 2: Maastricht – Born | Born – Roermond, 27 mi. (45 km)  
Day 3: Roermond – Venlo – Arcen, 31 mi. (50 km) 
Day 4: Arcen - Cuijk, 29 mi. (48 km)
Day 5: Cuijk - Heusden, 24 mil (40 km)
Day 6: Heusden - Gorinchem | Gorinchem - Vianen, 29 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: Vianen - Breukelen | Breukelen - Amsterdam, 24 mi. (40 km)
Day 8: Amsterdam

Day 1: Maastricht
In Maastricht the barge is moored at van Hasseltkade just north of the Wilhelmina bridge. After check in at 2 pm, there is time to explore the city of Maastricht, a beautifully preserved city with Roman roots. In this town you find the treasure house of the St. Servaas Church, the Bonnefanten museum for art and antiquity, and the Kazematten, a system of underground fortress works from the 18th century. In addition to these places of interest, it is also worthwhile visiting the marl caves, or just to thoroughly enjoy yourself on the Vrijthof. You will not get bored! After dinner you can test the bikes (approx 10 km/6 miles).

Day 2Maastricht – Born | Born – Roermond, 27 mi. (45 km)
During breakfast you join the barge to Born via the Juliana Canal, where you disembark at the locks. From here you bike over the Dutch/Belgian border into Belgium to Maaseik. This town is famous for the painters Hubert and Jan van Eyck. On the market square you see typical renaissance houses with their impressive facades. You can also use the opportunity to try a Belgian “pint” on this beautiful square. Then you continue to Thorn, the 'white Village' on the Dutch/Belgian border known for its cobblestone streets and white painted houses. The only building that is not white is the 14th-century church. Our destination for today is the city of Roermond, where of the river Roer and Maas come together. Roermond is known by it's rich cultural heritage. Since 1559 it has been a bishop city. In the center you will find many historical buildings. Roermond is also the city of Pierre Cuypers, according to many the most important Dutch architect of the 19th century. He is the architect of the Rijksmuseum and Central Station in Amsterdam. 

Day 3: Roermond – Venlo – Arcen, 31 mi. (52 km) 
Today you start biking from Roermond. First you follow the river on the east bank to the beautiful village of Beesel,where the grain mill 'grey bear' stands proudly along the river. You cross over to the other bank to Kessel. Kessel is one of the oldest villages on the Meuse. At lunchtime you arrive in Venlo, with
many historical moments and a lively inner city. In the afternoon you ride to Arcen, a former fortified town on the banks of the Meuse. There you can visit the beautiful castle gardens: the Rosarium, with ten different rose gardens; the water and sculpture garden; the Lommerrijk, with shadows, waterfalls and streams; the valley, with six international gardens; Casa Verde, with Mediterranean and tropical gardens; the golf garden, overlooking the largest waterfall in the Netherlands.

Day 4: Arcen - Cuijk, 29 mi. (48 km)
 Today a magnificent bike tour is on the program. First you will bike pass Well where you find the Well castle with its heavy round brick tower dating from the 14th century. You continue through the National Park Maasduinen close to the German border. Around lunchtime you arrive in Afferden. You will find the barge again in Cuijk, another interesting city on the banks of the Maas. The St. Martins Church, a neo-gothic church houses very well kept baroc-organ (built 1639-1650). This organ is one of the oldest in the Netherlands

Day 5: Cuijk - Heusden, 24 mil (40 km)
Today you bike from Cuijk along the Maas river to the cities Grave and Ravenstein. Both are medieval cities. In Grave you will see canons from the time of Napoleon. Grave has also played an important role in Operation Market Garden during the second world war, because it was situated near an important bridge. This bridge is now called John S. Thompson Bridge. From Maasbommel you will join the barge again on which you will have a nice sail to Heusden, a very beautifully restored fortified city.

Day 6: Heusden - Gorinchem | Gorinchem - Vianen, 29 mi. (49 km)
In the morning you will join the barge to Gorinchem, a charming town on the river Waal. From there you cycle through a typical Dutch landscape to Leerdam a little town on the banks of the river Linge. Leerdam is famous for its glasswork. A visit of the centuries- old crystal factory of Royal Leerdam is on the program. You can see a team of master glass blowers at work.
In the afternoon you continue to Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek.

Day 7: Vianen - Breukelen | Breukelen - Amsterdam, 24 mi. (40 km)
You will sail during breakfast. Today’s bike tour, that starts in Breukelen leads along the winding river Vecht to Amsterdam. In Loenen you will visit a mill. Final destination is Amsterdam, where you can take a tour through the canals or visit the Rijksmuseum or the van Gogh museum.

Day 8: Amsterdam
End of tour. Disembarkation after breakfast, by 9:30 am.

In Italics will be covered by the ship

Maastricht to Amsterdam on board the Elodie
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Amsterdam to Maastricht Boats + Barges

Sarah Photo

Sarah Belgium, Netherlands Comfort Class Boat The Sarah is a very comfortable and spacious ship. After years of use as a cargo ship, the Sarah was transformed into a passenger boat in 2002. It is a very modern ship with tasteful accommodations, a spacious lounge, and large and inviting sun deck.

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Elodie Netherlands, Belgium, France Comfort Plus Class Boat The Elodie was built in 1931 and has been completely refurnished into a luxury holiday ship. The ship has a saloon and sundeck and all of its cabins come with air-conditioning. The saloon of the Elodie is furnished in ship-style by using various types of wood in the finishing.

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